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Detroit Community Markets

By Dan Carmody

Many community and nonprofit groups have been partnering in Detroit over the past three years to help build alternative food distribution programs to increase the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables in parts of the city not well-served by grocery stores.

Establishing and nourishing a network of neighborhood farmers markets throughout the city of Detroit is one component of this collaborative effort. Community-based organizations sponsor neighborhood market sites; philanthropy provides funding to help with marketing and programming of neighborhood markets; Project for Public Spaces, a national leader in place-making, has provided planning and technical assistance; Eastern Market has provided coordination, secured funds, guided overall marketing including Web site development and social media campaigns, and helped develop programming.

In addition, the Fair Food Network has made Double Up Food Bucks available at all of these sites helping to stretch Bridge Card benefits and make healthier eating choices more affordable.

Last year, there were four neighborhood markets; this year, there will be 10.

Tuesdays

– Detroit Eastern Market, July 10 through Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Located in Shed 2 on Russell between Winder and Adelaide

Featuring over 50 local farmers and vendors, artisans and weekly workshops.

– Sowing Seeds Growing Futures Farmers Market, through Oct. 13, 4-7 p.m.

Located at Joy Road and Artesian Street

Organized by Joy Southfield Community Development Corporation.

Wednesdays

– Wayne State University Farmers Market, through Oct. 31, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Located at 5201 Cass Ave., directly behind the Detroit Public Library Main Branch. A program of SEED Wayne, a campus-community collaborative dedicated to building sustainable food systems.

– Hamtramck Farmers Market, through Oct. 31, 4-8 p.m.

Located on Joseph Campau Street in Pope Park

Year two of this market that features local growers and specialty food vendors.

– Windmill Market, through Oct. 31, 4-7 p.m.

Located at the corner of Livernois and the Lodge Freeway

Local growers featured serving the University Commons Neighborhood

– Islandview Farmers Market, June 26 through Oct. 13, 4-7 p.m.

Located at 7200 Mack Ave.

A program of Genesis HOPE Community Development Corporation featuring Detroit urban farmers.

Thursdays

– Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market, through Oct. 11, 4-8 p.m.

Located at the Southfield Service Drive and Grand River

Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation’s neighborhood market serving residents of Northwest Detroit.

Saturday

– Eastside Farmers Market, through Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Located at the intersection of Mack and Alter

A community market organized by Warren/Conner Development Coalition serving Detroit’s Eastside.

– Highland Park Farmers Market, August through October, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A new market opening later this summer in the city of Highland Park

-Oakland Avenue Farmers Market, through Oct. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Located at Northend Community Development Corporation’s community garden at 9352 Oakland Ave. Features produce grown in the neighborhood

– Windmill Market, through Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Located at the corner of Livernois and the Lodge Freeway

In addition to neighborhood markets, two food trucks, pop-up farm stands and a food box program also strive to make fresh food available to Detroit residents:

– Peaches & Greens Produce Market & Truck — A year-round market operating in Detroit’s North End on 8838 Third Ave., Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, Peaches & Greens produce truck delivers fresh fruits and veggies to a one-mile radius around the store.

– UpSouth Foods — Established and operated by Eastside residents this produce truck focuses on serving neighbors and senior housing.

-Eastern Market Farm Stand — Eastern Market’s pop-up mobile market bringing produce directly to consumers mid-June through mid October at over 15 diverse community sites per week.

– Fresh Food Share — A year-round good food box featuring local produce delivered monthly to community and corporate sites. Organized by Gleaners Community Food Bank with support from the Green Ribbon Collaborative.

Many partners have come together to sponsor various aspects of these alternative markets. Charter One Bank, Henry Ford Health Systems, Kresge Foundation, the WK Kellogg Foundation, the USDA, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Nutrition Network have all provided funding to help make the markets more successful.

This year, performances by Mosaic Youth Theatre return with greater frequency and a variety of cooking demonstrations will be conducted at participating markets.

While Detroit Community Markets are stronger than ever, your support is needed to make these markets financially successful. Please make plans today to attend one of these markets. Check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DetroitMarkets for more details.

Dan Carmody is president of the Eastern Market Corporation and a member of the Detroit Food Policy Council. He can be reached at dcarmody@detroiteasternmarket.com

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